Adai, Breakfast, Dosa

Wholegrain Vegetable Adai | Navadhanya Adai | Healthy Breakfast dishes | Diabetic recipes

Adai dosa (or thick mixed lentil dosa / crepes) are sought after at home regularly. On one of my visits to my husband’s rakhi sister’s house , & she mentioned a very unique Adai was this wholegrains and whole lentils to add lots of protein and fibre. It comprises 9 grains and is also called Navadhanya Adai.

Needless to say, this is a very filling dish for kids and adults alike and brimming with taste. I tried out a small batch to test it at home. And added some more vegetables for a sumptuous Sunday Brunch. We loved it a lot. Can be had as is, or with some jaggery and ghee or Avial to make a complete meal.

Follow Notes below for more detailed info..


Some other Adai / Dosa varieties featured on this blog…

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Prep time : 15 mins , Soaking time : 8 hours, Grinding time : 15 mins,

Fermenting time : 10 hours or overnight (for tropical climes), in chilled weather, fermentation might take longer.

Makes : 8-10 medium sized Adai.

Serving Suggestions :  chutney / Jaggery + ghee / Avial.

Wholegrain vegetable Adai : Vegan & GF Lentil Fibre rich Adai / Crepes

Ingredients: (1 cup = 200 ml)

  • Brown Rice – 1/2 cup
  • Normal Rice – 1/2 cup
  • Barley – 1/4 cup
  • Red chillies – 6 (adjust spice) 
  • Whole Chickpeas / Kabuli Channa – 1/4 cup ( I used the dark brown variety)
  • Rajma /kidney beans – 1/4 cup
  • Whole Toor Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Whole Urad dal (dehusked) – 1/4 cup
  • Green Whole Moong dal (with the skin on) – 1/4 cup
  • Masoor – 2 TBSP
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – to fry the dosa

Addons: (totally optional)

  • Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • grated jaggery – 1 TBSP
  • Shredded onions – 1/4 cups
  • grated carrots – 2 TBSP
  • Toasted sesame seeds – 1 tsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves – 1 tsp



  1. Wash and soak the grains for 7-8 hours. I soaked the rice varieties together. And the 7 lentil / pulses varieties together in a separate bowl. Drain and retain the water. Grind the pulses first to a smooth paste. Add the rice in small quantities to a smooth batter (takes about 15/20 mins). 
  2. Add salt and mix well. Let it ferment overnight or for 8-10 hours (in very tropical climes or peak summer, it will ferment within few hours itself, dont let the batter go sour else the adai will harden)
  3. Beat the fermented batter. 
  4. To a portion of the batter, Tip in the Addons except sesame seeds, mix well.
  5. Pour a thickish Adai / Dosa in the centre of a well heated skillet / tava. Do not spread thin like normal dosa. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds. 
  6. Drizzle oil around the sides, let it cook on one side on low-medium flame (about 2 mins), flip and let it cook on other side (for under 30-45 seconds).
  7. Serve immediately with chutney / Jaggery + ghee / Avial


  1. In other navadhanya adai recipes, the proportions and grains vary, but this is what worked for us. 
  2. Dont let the batter turn sour. Fermentation time depends on the climate outside.
  3. If making for kids, turn down the spice or add some grated cheese while flipping the dosa – they will like it 🙂 for them, you may also use a ghee+oil mixture for pan frying the dosa, it would be very tasty 🙂 
  4. As you are using wholegrains, thorough soaking is very essential.
  5. Addons are optional, but makes it very tasty and soft too.


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  1. Suma Gandlur

    The addition of legumes make the Adai more nutritious and wholesome. I happen to add the 16 bean soup mix or all legumese I can lay my hand on.

  2. Sounds like a filling and wholesome meal..good one..

  3. Priya Suresh

    Omg, all those healthy ingredients went in it, am sure this adai will definitely satisfy a hungry tummy without any fail.

  4. vaishali sabnani

    A long list of ingredients …but a delicious outcome . The adai looks fantastic.

  5. MySpicyKitchen

    A nutritious and healthy way to start the day.

  6. wow long list of grains.. healthy and guilt free adai. amazing.

  7. Gayathri Kumar

    This is one healthy, nutritious adai with so many grains..

  8. A definitely nutritious adai. Love the ingredients in there, Kalyani.

  9. Amara’s cooking

    Healthy and nutritious adai, love the list of ingredients that went in there. Bookmarked.

  10. Wow what a nutritious and healthy adai with whole grains. Never tried adding barley, will have to try next time I make adai.

  11. cookingwithsapana

    Whole grain Adai looks so delicious and healthy too.

  12. Smruti Ashar

    Oh my God, you got an array of grains there. Such a nutritious and healthy adai recipe.

  13. The Pumpkin Farm

    a complete meal on its own , i am tempted to make this sooner, will ping to know what you mean by chickpea here, as it stands out for me as an odd one for adai

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